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Thursday, 5 December 1935

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - Having missed the opportunity to do so in committee, I desire to ask the Minister two questions. Western Australian retailers of sugar request that retailers or groups of retailers buying not less than 1,000 tons of sugar a month, should be entitled to the discount which the Queensland Sugar Board, through its agent the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, allows on purchases in such quantities.

When I visited Queensland recently I found considerable dissatisfaction among the cane-growers, arising out of the fixation of wages and conditions of employment by the State conciliation boards. Quite a number of responsible men expressed the opinion that this agreement should provide for the hearing and determination of such matters by the Federal Arbitration Court. It was contended that this agreement, being purely a federal instrument, in as much as it is part of the fiscal policy of this Parliament, should provide that such matters should be determined by the federal court.

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